Community Leaders Ask For Responsibility In Celebrating Holidays

Sioux Center Health, the City of Sioux Center and the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce want to take a moment to share our appreciation to our community for your continued support and cooperation as we have faced an unprecedented year. We know and realize that COVID-19 has impacted every one of you and we thank you for your faithful support and steadfast efforts in keeping our community safe.

“Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to be thankful, and traditionally it is a time we gather with loved ones, sharing good company and food,” said Sioux Center Health CEO Cory Nelson. “This has been a unique year, and with the coronavirus continuing to spread, we are asking everyone to consider holiday celebrations that may be outside your usual traditions.”

In coordination with the guidelines from CDC and the recommendations from Governor Reynolds, we ask for your continued adherence as we come into the Thanksgiving holiday. We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many, but we ask you to consider how you can reduce the spread and keep your families, friends, and community healthy and safe.

The CDC states the safest way to celebrate this year is with people in your immediate household or with a virtual Thanksgiving gathering with others. If you do decide to hold or attend a holiday gathering, the CDC gives several ways to lower your risk and the Governor of Iowa has established enhanced public health measures.

  • Limit the number of guests to no more than 15 people indoors
  • Celebrate outdoors, or open windows and doors for better ventilation inside
  • Wear a mask
  • Stay six feet away from others who do not live with you
  • Wash hands often and use sanitizer when unable to wash hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep gatherings short

Residents are urged to consider adding new traditions focused on gratitude and encouragement, especially in light of the ongoing impact of this pandemic on mental health.

“We have seen this spirit in Sioux Center from day one, where people are encouraging one another, from chalk murals, yard signs and window art, to a thousand other things less visible,” said Sioux Center Mayor David Krahling. “Sioux Center, do not grow weary in caring for one another. Especially this holiday season, find safe ways to reach out to people, check on neighbors and let people know they are loved.”